Best destinations for combining work and leisure
The rise of remote work has boosted the phenomenon of ‘workation‘, combining work and leisure in equal measure. Some governments are adapting their visa policies to facilitate extended stays for workers who want to swap the routine of the office for a scenic view in paradise.
Visiting Italy over a few weeks, rather than a matter of days, gives you the time to immerse yourself in the lifestyle. Where a short city break may leave you deciding between a chilled-out pasta-making class and a day trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, a long stay gives you time to enjoy the best of everything. Go back to the Renaissance in the Emilia-Romagna region, full of striking architecture. Go coastal to Monopoli, the ‘heel of Italy’s boot, for breathtaking sea views. Sail along the canal in Venice and treat yourself to slurpy spaghetti dinners or pizzas sizzling with cheese. Hotels that offer long stays in Italy: Combo Venezia, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, BAD – B&B And Design.
Is island life for you? As if waking up to the glittering Aegean Sea, honey drizzled over some greek yoghurt, and a fresh cup of coffee wasn’t enough, Greece has so much to offer. Hark back to the beginning of civilisation as we know it at the Acropolis, sail from the coast of Kallithéa to explore the island of Samos. Absorb the best of what the country has to offer; glorious ancient ruins, soft sandy beaches, and cuisine, from Moussaka to tzatziki and hot feta. Hotels that offer long stays in Greece: Grecotel Mykonos Blu Boutique Resort, Selina Athens Theatrou, Maistros Village Hotel.
This East African haven is all about scenic beauty and sprawling wildlife reserves, with parades of elephants, rhinos and leopards. But Kenya is about much more than animals and vast national parks—there are also some wonderful hiking opportunities and crystal clear waters at Diani Beach, perfect for a refreshing post-work swim. Hotels that offer long stays in Kenya: Tribe Hotel Nairobi, Hemingway’s Nairobi, The Sands at Nomad.
South Africa is ideal for nature enthusiasts, explorers and animal lovers. It’s got a beachy coastline with sparkling blue and white beaches, waters filled with hippos, sharks, and whales, nature reserves prowling with regal wildlife, and peaks with views a hiker can only dream of, like the Cape of Good Hope or the Blyde River Canyon. Find that work-life balance in the hills of Drakensberg, where days are productive, quiet, and that little bit calmer—even from the “office”—and evenings are spent lounging on a balcony overlooking the green nature scapes. Hotels that offer long stays in South Africa: 21 Nettleton Boutique Hotel & Luxury Residence, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Grande Roche Hotel.
A little slice of paradise on the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a nature domino—the beach flows into the safari and then flows into the mountains. With surreal scenery and animals roaming coastal plains, it looks like it could be Photoshopped. Experience luxury Kiwengwa-style, where the ocean is so pure you can see the sandy seabed as you swim. Hotels that offer long stays in Tanzania: The Residence Zanzibar, Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa – Relais Chateaux.
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